31 October, Saturday — Garments of Saintliness and Holiness

Saturday of Week 30 in Ordinary Time Phi 1:18-26Lk 14:1,7-11 “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the man who humbles himself will be exalted” Last year on this day, my wife and I were invited to celebrate Halloween in our community in Hong Kong (where we were living then). It was a wonderful night as... Continue Reading →

29 October, Thursday — Standing Firm in the Lord

Thursday of Week 30 in Ordinary Time Eph 6:10-20Lk 13:31-35 “Put God’s armour on so as to be able to resist the Devil’s tactics.” As the American presidential elections draw close, I am starting to discern a growing rift in opinion among my friends and acquaintances, whether they are American or not. On the one hand stand the liberals, many of whom... Continue Reading →

28 August, Friday — Wayward Hearts on Fire

Aug 28 – Memorial for St. Augustine, bishop, doctor After investigating and experimenting with several philosophies, Augustine (354-430) became a Manichaean for several years; it taught of a great struggle between good and evil, and featured a lax moral code. A summation of his thinking at the time comes from his Confessions: “God, give me chastity and... Continue Reading →

20 June, Saturday — Lost but Found

Saturday of Week 11 in Ordinary Time 2 Chr 24:17-25Lk 2:41-51 “And all who heard him were astounded” The gospel readings today depict what is essentially a nightmare scenario for any parent -- a missing child. Certainly, all parents will know that sinking feeling that they get when they turn around and realise that their child is missing. And... Continue Reading →

19 June, Friday — Hearts Burdened with Sin but Bursting with Love

Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus The devotion to the Sacred Heart (also known as the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Sacratissimum Cor Iesu in Latin) is one of the most widely practiced and well-known Roman Catholic devotions, taking Jesus Christ′s physical heart as the representation of his divine love for humanity. This devotion is predominantly used in the Roman Catholic Church and... Continue Reading →

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